Children of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners enjoy festive Kurban Bayram (Eid Al-Adha) holiday celebration thanks to support from FFEU's #OurChildrenNow fund-raising campaign
Thanks to generosity of donors who gave more than $6000 to FFEU’s #OurChildrenNow fund raising campaign on behalf of nearly 100 children of Crimean Tatar political prisoners on the LaunchGood.com crowd sourcing site, the Crimean Tatar community was able to hold a joyous Kurban Bayram celebration in the ancient Crimean Tatar capital city of Bakchisserai for the wives and children of political prisoners being held in prison in administrative detention by Russian authorities or sentenced to lengthy jail sentences on trumped up charges.
The festive event, held at the Guzel Café, was the first happy, stress free occasions many of the children had experienced since their fathers were arrested; with gifts, games, a workshop in making clay objects and entertainment by clowns and a dance ensemble. In addition, the children of the political prisoners, who were deprived of the of the only breadwinner capable to provide adequately for them. are now receiving food, clothing and school supplies on a regular basis thanks to the #OurChildrenNow campaign.
According to Lillia Budjurova organizer of the event, “All of us in the Crimean Tatar community want to thank with our whole hearts those who are helping our children and who made it possible to organize this beautiful celebration, which raised the morale of the entire Crimean Tatar community.” A mother of one of the children said tearfully, “I have never seen our children so happy and carefree. I only wish their fathers could be with all of us and be part of this holiday.” Said another, “it feels so good to know that we have not been forgotten by the world.” (video in Russian)